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Ventnor, Isle Of Wight, England. By Chad Powell
 

CrazyDiamond

Crosseyed & Painless Please wear a mask
Licancabur volcano watching over an icy forest of penitentes (Spanish for “penitents”). The penitentes are a curious natural phenomenon found in high-altitude regions. They are thin spikes of hardened snow or ice, with sharp edges pointing towards the Sun, reaching heights from a few centimeters up to several meters. By the way, in the second image, that is the moon, not the sun.
Chajnantor Plateau San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

 

CrazyDiamond

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Keeping this on the first page, lol
A deep, fiery sunset at Paranal caught in this UHD panorama. ESO's VLT platform can be seen high on Cerro Paranal in shadow.

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, appears in this stunning wide angle view as a bridge which seems to connect Paranal Mountain, the VLT site (on the left) with the nearby peak, home of the VISTA survey telescope. The brightest area, crossed by dark lanes corresponds to the central bulge of our galaxy that we see perfectly edge-on. On the right, just above the VISTA telescope, the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is clearly visible as an elongated bright spot.
 
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